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3PL Warehousing Can Be Affordable & Dependable

by Administrator24. October 2014 15:24

3PL Warehousing Can Be Affordable & Dependable | The Dependable Companies

 

3PL warehousing, or third party logistics warehousing, is when a business entrusts the storage of some or all of their merchandise or materials to a separate company that specializes in logistics. There are several reasons that this arrangement can be a wise business decision.

Some businesses do not have the energy or expertise to store their own merchandise safely. Running a warehouse requires employees that know how to safely move materials. It also requires equipment such as forklifts that require maintenance and must be operated according to government regulations. Many businesses would rather that their employees focus on things that are more central to the business’s mission. For these businesses, it makes sense to contract warehousing out to a third-party logistics company.

Sometimes operating a private warehouse is not the best financial decision because a business only needs its products stored temporarily. Many businesses have wide seasonal shifts in the amount of products that they sell. These seasonal businesses require more warehouse space during busier times of year such as the holiday season and find 3PL warehousing more convenient for these shorter periods. Similar situations occur when a company first brings their product to a new region. Because that company is not sure if their product will be successful in a new market, they may contract with an outside warehousing company for a short time before deciding to set up their own permanent facility.

The best 3PL warehousing companies have different spaces to choose from and can accommodate products that come in a variety of sizes. Their employees are well trained, their storage spaces are clean and well lit, and they are properly insured. Not all third party logistics providers have the same amount of experience or the same available resources. It is best to do some research before contracting with a third-party warehousing company. Only by taking the time to compare what is available can companies be sure they’re making the best choice for their unique needs.

 

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Streamline Logistics With the Right Software

by Administrator24. October 2014 14:40

Streamline Logistics With the Right Software | The Dependable Companies

 

The rate at which technology is growing is unprecedented in history as electronic devices and communication become more and more embedded into every aspect of life. The logistics sector is no stranger to technological developments and can utilize many different types of hardware and software to keep things moving. Logistics software can help small and large business track inventory, allocate resources, and much more.

Businesses will often run on information as much as profits, especially when knowing where items are and when they are due to arrive can make or break a sale. Many times businesses will be selling to overseas clients as well as their next door neighbors and being able to tell a customer where their goods are at any given time can help boost business. One thing that the right software can do to really help small businesses is to streamline the whole logistics process. This can free up time for employees to focus on other tasks and help businesses do more with less.

This software can do more than just track packages, however, as it can also help analyze data and make plans to help with all of a company’s logistics needs. Some of these needs can include shipment planning, resource allocation, and more. By automating many of their logistics decisions, manufacturers can get their goods to customers sooner and sometimes cheaper. This is because the software can collect the real-time data on available shipping companies and compare them by price and by time of delivery. It can even give the business owner a breakdown of these facts to aid in the final decision making.

As with many different things, the right logistics software can greatly help businesses both big and small. It can help by gathering and analyzing data much more quickly than personnel can and help present it in a manner that is easy to read and compare. The right software can also help businesses track packages around the world to keep customers informed.

 

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Benefits of a Customs Bonded Warehouse

by Administrator24. October 2014 14:03

Benefits of a Customs Bonded Warehouse | The Dependable Companies

 

When you are importing or exporting goods, a customs bonded warehouse can be essential to your business. This is especially true when your logistics company can handle warehousing, as well as other shipping concerns to your custom specifications. With the help of this type of warehouse, you can avoid paying duties until your imports are sold, consolidate shipments, save on paperwork, and more. If your warehouse is part of a logistics company, you can also get help moving your shipments domestically and around the world.

When you bring items into a customs bonded warehouse from out of the country, they can sit in a duty free environment until you sell them and up to five years. If you sell them domestically you will pay a duty at that time, but if you resell them overseas then you will not have to pay any duties. This is beneficial in many ways, but especially if you need that capitol to help build your business rather than pay duties to bring things into the country that may not sell. Since you can repackage these imports it is easier to sell them one item at a time and pay those duties as the items sell to give you a better advantage.You can utilize this to consolidate shipments from many different places, repackage them how you need them to go out, and then ship them from the warehouse to wherever you need them to go. All of this can help you save on the paperwork involved with importing goods, especially if those goods are being sent to a different country as their final destination.

A customs bonded warehouse offered by a reputable logistics company can help you with many different things involving the import of goods. You can avoid paying duties until you sell the items domestically for up to five years, you can utilize the warehouse as a duty freeway point for selling your imports in a different country, and you can consolidate shipments while saving on paperwork. With the right logistics company you can even have help moving your goods domestically and around with world with little hassle for you.

 

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Southern California LTL Transport: An Overview

by Administrator17. October 2014 15:10

Southern California LTL Transport: An Overview | The Dependable Companies

 

There are many things that a less-that-truckload freight company can do for your Southern California business. If you need goods shipped in small batches, finding the right Southern California LTL company can help you out exponentially. What can the right company offer you?

Nationwide Delivery

When you produce goods for sale, you never want to limit yourself. Just because you may only be shipping locally right now, does not mean you will not expand later. Having nationwide delivery means that you will be able to expand your business to include the entire nation. Getting your goods into the hands of people throughout the country means only great things for you. There will be more profits for your company, more exposure for your products, and more money for you.

Excellent Customer Service

Any business can tell you how important customer service is. LTL companies are no different. Finding a great southern California LTL company that offers unparalleled customer service can mean incredible things for your business. They can offer personalized service that is based on your needs, takes your desires into account, and focuses on the things that really matter to you. Incredible customer service can mean that you get things that your previously would not have tried, or possibly discounts on certain services. Customer service representatives are only concerned with making you happy, so there is no limit to what you can expect from them.

White Glove Delivery

This is a special type of delivery service that ensures your valuable, delicate items are handled with the most care possible. This goes beyond standard delivery techniques to make sure that nothing happens to your precious cargo. This includes processes like wrapping or crating your items to ensure safety throughout their journey.

Southern California LTL companies can offer you a wide variety of services and options. Their nationwide delivery, unparalleled customer service, and white glove delivery services are sure to meet and exceed your needs. Choose less than truckload shipping can make your work much easier and less stressful.

 

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What is Supply Chain Management?

by Administrator17. October 2014 14:52

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Supply chain management (SCM) is becoming a business byword because companies have found that effectively managing the supply chain does not happen by accident. Experts use analytic tools to make and evaluate plans that can save significant money and increase productivity. There are many important ways that a third party can aid businesses with their supply chain. Two of these ways include: resource assistance and strategic decision making.

Whether your company has temporary or long term resource assistance needs, a supply chain management firm can help. They can transport and store goods for you in addition to making recommendations on how to make the process more effective. You can depend on a firm to help you through an expansion until you complete a new warehouse, or you can rely on them as a permanent supply chain solution. Regardless of your needs, you will likely find a firm that is suited to bringing you expert assistance at a reasonable price.

Strategic decision making can be best when done by experts. The supply chain is a complex system that covers every step a product goes through from the raw materials to the goods or services received by your end consumers. The way your business interacts with others to produce and deliver your products may not be as fixed as you assume it is. There may be opportunities that you are missing out on which would incorporate a larger portion of the overall supply chain. In addition to evaluating this type of question, supply chain management considers every step a product or service requires within your company.

Questions such as how long raw materials should sit in your warehouse and how best to reduce the number of days it takes you to produce a product may be best evaluated by someone outside your company. Third party logistics can provide seasoned professionals who are removed from the potentially mistaken assumptions that drive your business. There may be ways to improve your supply chain process that you have never considered.

 

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Is LTL Shipping Appropriate for Your Business Needs?

by Administrator14. October 2014 12:14

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LTL shipping, or less than truckload, is used for those shipments that are not large enough to fill an entire trailer or shipping container. Unlike truckload freights, LTL deliveries are pooled with shipments from other businesses so that the cost of transportation is split by the several businesses. Those goods may be passed from one truck to another and may travel through a central warehouse on their path to the final destination. To determine whether this option is right for your business, visit with a reputable LTL company and see what they have to offer. 

Is LTL shipping appropriate for your business needs? In order to determine this, you may want to answer some important questions. For example, do most of your shipments weight less than 10,000 pounds? Do you ship your goods to multiple destinations and do they ever originate from different areas? If you were to combine shipments, would they fill an entire truck and trailer? Do you have the capability to load and unload all of your shipments? Can you make arrangements for someone else to unload the shipment once it arrives at its destination? 

As you consider whether or not it is best to work with what an LTL company offers, remember the following benefits: The costs of LTL shipping are often shared by several businesses, so you are only responsible for a portion of the total costs. Because the products are handled by shipping professionals, you can expect fewer damages. Finally, you pay for the weight of your goods, so even if they must travel a great distance, you still only pay per-pound pricing. 

As a business owner or manager, you already have many responsibilities. Sharing shipping duties with a professional LTL company can lift one of those burdens from your shoulders, allowing you to focus on the many other areas of responsibility that are involved with running a successful business. If you have not used an LTL provider in the past, you might want to investigate the advantages to your business if you were to work with an LTL company.

 

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Today's Top Logistics Challenges

by Administrator14. October 2014 10:54

 Today's Top Logistics Challenges | The Dependable Companies

 

The ongoing development of transportation services plays an important role in the success of other industries. The need for efficient transportation, both locally and internationally, is pressing as businesses attempt to efficiently and affordably ship their goods to customers and order the items they need in order to conduct business. While there are many issues facing those in the logistics industry, there seem to be at least three main problems.

The first is that the cost of fuel is continually rising. Small businesses may struggle to maintain their own fleets, and large businesses often spend a large portion of their budget on transportation. With rising oil prices impacting so many businesses, the best option is often to choose a third party for transportation and logistics. These professionals are able to consolidate and streamline the movement of products both to and from each business place.

Another important area where costs are increasing concerns other costs of transportation. Establishing a place to warehouse products, hiring and training employees to move the product, and many other aspects of shipping are wearing businesses down. 

The second major issue facing those with logistics concerns has to do with the exchange of information. In the fast-paced world of computerized business, this exchange can happen quickly and effectively. However, when it comes to shipping and transporting products across international borders, it can be difficult for business owners to pinpoint those with whom they must communicate and how much information must be shared.

A final issue faced by those in the logistics area of business is reducing waste. Too often, business leaders experience waste in employee time and in their resources. The effective use of resources necessary to handle inventory, efficiently transport, load and unload the product, and all other logistics activities is absolutely vital to operate a cost-effective business. However, many business owners find that duplication of services leads to wasted time and money.

One important solution available to business owners is that of working with a third party logistics company. These professionals help the business owner to keep costs low while improving the efficiency of their transportation efforts. As the business world continues to shift, logistics will continue to be a major player in the industry.

 

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Optimizing Freight Forwarder Capabilities

by Administrator10. October 2014 11:58

Optimizing Freight Forwarder Capabilities | The Dependable Companies

 

High-performing freight forwarders have several key capabilities in common: a flexible business model, deep expertise in important customer industries, 360-degree control of IT applications, and supply chain visibility

A Flexible Business Model

High performers recognize that time to market is crucial in the industry. This means they need to have the flexibility to respond quickly to their customers' changing expectations and need for convenience. Often the most successful operators have worked to establish new ocean freight networks that link growth geographies, such as South America and Africa. Additionally, they have launched multiple new service connections that link the global trade routes that they dominate.

Complete Knowledge of Key Customer Industries

As customers expand their supply chains in an effort to respond to globalization, in-depth industry knowledge is gaining even greater importance. High performing freight forwarder operators are active leaders in deepening expertise in the industry sectors they serve. This involves going far beyond traditional warehousing and transportation solutions. More and more, logistics companies and freight forwarders are working on collaborative strategies, and are aligning themselves more closely with their clients' processes, operations, technology, and industry know-how.

Maintaining an IT Edge

The most successful operators have gone far beyond using IT applications to merely to enable internal process management. Rather, they work to leverage their customer-facing proprietary technologies to empower their clients, providing them with end-to-end visibility that spans the entire supply chain. The ability to continue to develop "smarter" technology-based services and achieve greater alignment with clients' processes and operations are crucial to ongoing success.

Supply Chain Visibility

For large customers supply chain visibility continues to be a top operational priority. Legacy information systems that have been designed to enable internal company operations often make it difficult for clients and customers to get a unified picture of their various supply chains. Enabling the networking of information across companies allows operators to share information in real-time with key suppliers, customers, and partners. Establishing these kinds of collaborative information networks will continue to be crucial to streamlining operations and continuing to exceed customer expectations for freight forwarding capabilities.

 

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The Hidden Rewards of Southern California LTL Shipping

by Administrator10. October 2014 11:42

The Hidden Rewards of Southern California LTL Shipping | The Dependable Companies

 

One struggle that faces business owners regularly is how to get their products shipped in a timely and cost-effective manner. Unless they move a great deal of merchandise, the costs of hiring an entire truck are often unreasonable when compared to the amount of goods to be transported. This means that businesses of all sizes must find a different method of moving their products to their customers that does make sense. A Southern California LTL provider may hold the solution. When they choose LTL shipping, business owners enjoy several important benefits.

In order to fully understand the benefits of LTL shipping, business professionals should understand what it is. LTL stands for “less-than-truckload” and refers to the practice of hiring a third party to transport goods when the amount of those goods is less than an entire truckload. This process allows multiple companies with products that will be shipped to the same locations to share the transportation and warehousing costs. This obviously represents some financial benefits to the business. However, there are many additional advantages that may not be so easily recognized. 

One of the hidden benefits to working with a Southern California LTL service provider is the work of experienced transportation specialists. Rather than expecting staff members to leave their own areas of expertise in order to handle and ship products, the shipping service brings higher levels of experience to play. Staff members remain undistracted from their original duties and transportation workers put their abilities to work on the business’ behalf. 

Another benefit that may not be readily apparent is access to the network that the LTL carrier has developed. Carriers are in the business of moving freight efficiently and affordably. In order to do this, they seek out the best business partners, the quickest routes, and the most current innovations. Just as any business owner focuses on their area of expertise, LTL service providers endeavor to improve their own area of service. There may be other benefits to working with a Southern California LTL service, but business owners will not fully appreciate those rewards unless they make the move to this form of shipping.

 

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What to Look for in a Logistics Company

by Administrator7. October 2014 16:15

What to Look for in a Logistics Company | The Dependable Companies

 

When you are looking for a logistics company, what you are really looking for is someone who can take the product that you pour your time, energy and money into and care for it in the manner you would yourself. This is your livelihood and reputation on the line. When you are looking through Los Angeles logistics companies, take the time to thoroughly research to ensure a quality match.

An important factor to know about a company is its speed. Get to know its timelines and turnaround times. Take note of any details that can impact or extend the time guaranteed. Take into consideration your product and needs as well as your clients’ need and verify that the amount of time promised is an appropriate range, fitting within your operations plans.

While a promised timeline is necessary, even more important is actually fulfilling that promise. Reliability is half the battle and you need to know that the company you go with is consistent in providing quality service and will be able to take guesswork out of the equation. The Los Angeles logistics companies on your short list need to provide you peace of mind.If you have clients on the other end expecting delivery by a certain date, your word and reputation can be at risk if the bridge in-between is anything other than completely reliable. 

On that same note, check into references. Find other companies or individuals who have used the same logistics companies and learn the pros and cons that they have faced. Past customer satisfaction says a lot about a company.

Finally, once you have narrowed down the Los Angeles logistics companies to who can provide the services that you need in the way that you need them, compare the costs that come along with that. Make sure you find one that can offer quality while staying within your operations budget. You do not want to work so hard on a product, just to eat up profits in the delivery.

 

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